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May 12, 2021

Lockwood 4-H hosts virtual record book workshops

LOCKWOOD — Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Lockwood 4-H Club has managed to stay active with several events.

On Feb. 13, the club hosted the first of three County Record Book Workshops. Of the 14 4-H clubs in Monterey County, eight of those clubs had members attend this event.

“Due to Covid, we weren’t able to hold this event in person like previous years, but an important aspect of 4-H is learning to shift gears,” explained Josh Riley, Lockwood 4-H youth chair of the County Record Book Workshops for 2021. “To overcome that meeting difficulty, we chose to transfer this event to Zoom and separate it into three sections. The first section that was held was on the PDR section. The goal of the committee for this club was to make an educational and engaging event for all 4-H members across the county, and I personally believe we succeeded.”

This countywide trio of virtual events is intended to reach out to all 4-H members from ages 9 to 19 and encourage good record keeping.

“As a senior 4-H member, I can personally say that completing a record book each year is so worth it. You get the opportunity to see how you’ve grown, what you’ve accomplished, and show you have experience for future jobs,” Riley said. “If you learn record keeping skills, you are better equipped to succeed.”

For the first workshop, the event focused on the Personal Development Report (PDR) section of a 4-H record book. Mrs. Colton, the speaker and adult committee chair, presented all eight categories of participation detailed in the PDR, and encouraged members to use their PDR to plan for star rank goals.

“Many members from eight different clubs in the county found the discussions engaging and informative, and based off the questions and people participating, it was a success,” Riley said.

Lockwood 4-H Club will be hosting two additional County Record Book Workshops. The second one will be on “Annual Project Reports,” and the third one will be on “My 4-H Story” and other parts of the record book.

Any 4-H member interested in attending the next events can visit the Monterey County 4-H website’s Event Calendar for dates and time. RSVPs are currently being accepted.

“To all who attended, thank you for attending and we hope to see you again,” Riley said. “Otherwise, rest assured that despite the pandemic, 4-H is managing to stay active, plan countywide events, and teach youth to be the leaders and well-rounded people of tomorrow.”

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